Questions tagged [services]

OS X Services allow sharing data and capabilities across applications. They are invoked by the user either through the active application menu's "Services" submenu or via keyboard shortcuts, typically to act on the data selected in the currently active application.

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How to use `click` in a shortcut? (Run a service when clicking a link)

Is it possible to run an Automator service with an alternate click, e.g. ⌘ + ⇧ + Click? This kind of combination is built into browsers with ⌘ + Click typically opening a link in a new tab. I have a ...
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Service only application

I want to build a simple service that will allow me to keep any app window always on top or always on the same screen, when switching desktops. Is there a way to build a global MacOS service-only ...
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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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Launchd continues despite everything

I have a problem with launchd, I created a LaunchDaemon at the time, it didn't work and I then deleted it without unloading it. When I was watching the launchd timeouts with tail -f /var/log/system....
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Access text services via code

Is there a way to access text services such as these through either Applescript or terminal commands?
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Has Safari stopped forwarding link URLs to system services when using the link's context menu?

I seem to recall being able to right-click a link in Safari and use a system service from the context menu in order to send the actual link target URL to the service in question. Nowadays when right-...
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Automator service not showing in services menu

I know next to nothing about the OS X, but I've been asked to make a few different scripts for actions in Apple Mail. One is to bind a hotkey that will create a reminder with a followup time of two ...
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How to disable the “locate” command in Mac OS?

According to this article, I can use this command: sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist To enable "locate" command to find files. However, recently I find this ...
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how to run aria2c as service in MacOS Catalina

Now I want to run aria2c service in MacOS Catalina, I am using this way: nohup aria2c &! it works fine. But I want to run it as a servcie in real background and start with the System. I am follow ...
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Keyboard shortcut to a Service is not respected when Emacs is open (Emacs takes precedence)

I defined the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Ctrl-5 to a Service via System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services. It should work globally and indeed works well except for when Emacs is ...
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How do I transfer Services items out of its drop-down menu and show them all at once when right-clicking?

On macOS Sierra (10.12.6), and I have a similar question as this person, but the offered solutions are no longer applicable: Show all services on right click. Apparently, the OS automatically creates ...
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Why does Spotlight not work when invoking it from the context menu?

I am using Mojave and spotlight works as expected when I call up the spotlight window with the regular shortcut — but when I select a word and try to invoke spotlight by right clicking and selecting '...
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iCloud for Automator and services

Since Mavericks, Automator is now able to store services (.workflow) in iCloud. The problem is that services are not available in the Services menu or contextual menu (right-click) when I store them ...
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Can a faulty MacBook be replaced for a brand new one?

7 months I ago I bought a new MacBook air 2019. Just recently the trackpad of my MacBook stopped clicking. As in, the haptic feedback from the clicking randomly stoped working. I sent my laptop over ...
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How to share the URL of an image in a webpage to an Automator workflow via context menu

I would like to create an automator service that accepts images which allow me to right-click any image in Safari (on my computer) and perform a google reverse image search on it without needing to ...
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Does changing a daemon's plist file extension prevent it from being loaded?

I particularly want to disable: /private/etc/mach_init.d/dashboardadvisoryd.plist.disabled, but in general for any daemon. Does changing its plist extension prevent it from loading? In the past I ...
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How I can start mongodb automatically?

I'm doing like here is described http://hunterford.me/mongodb-startup-item/ but my file called different and path is here ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mongodb.plist. and mongo is starting ...
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MacBook Pro - Mechanical Popping/Clicking Sound

I keep on getting this Popping/Clicking sound randomly throughout regardless of whether the speaker is on or not. The sound seems to be coming from the physical machine, perhaps the screen or the ...
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I'm trying to make a service to archive a folder using tgz. I can't get this to work

I'm trying to learn to build services on my iMac running High Sierra. I open system preferences and then I click on Keyboard. From there I click on the Shortcuts tab. I get the window shown below. ...
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Automator Service that opens URL from rich text

I would like to make an Automator Service that will open any link in a different browser (i.e. Firefox) than default (Safari). Precisely: I want to right click on any link in Mac OS and select a ...
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Change order of services during startup or login

I've read of ways to change startup services' order of execution for Ubuntu. I'm hoping it's possible and simple to do it in macOS as well. I was thinking something like this. My objective is to ...
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How to uninstall mySIMBLHelper service installed by SIMBL for MAC

I wanted to install Atop which required SIMBL to be installed. Nothing at the process stated that SIMBL 0.7.5 wasn't compatible with Mojave 10.14. It started to pop confirmation if I want it to ...
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Automator service to transform outlook reply body

I'm trying to create a macOS service (in python, preferably) that would allow me to change the rich-text body of an outlook message I'm editing. If I set the service script to receive rich text, it ...
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How do I invoke a service using Applescript?

I'm using Circus Ponies NoteBook which doesn't support Applescript methods. It does support creating services that can clip the current selection into a NoteBook page. This allows me to select text ...
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Using Automator to call a Service

I use save my PDFs to my Evernote account. I would like to automate this process at the end of the day. Can I use Automator to call the existing service "Add to Evernote" at the end of the day?
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What's the services/running processes manager in Mac OS X?

I installed MySQL but I am unable to see if it is running or has stopped. How do I see what are the currently running services corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows?
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Automating opening a PDF from Preview.app in preferred PDF editor

When having a PDF file open in Preview.app, I'd like to click a menu item or keyboard hotkey to open the same file in my preferred PDF editor (f.x. PDF Expert). I suppose it could be done by creating ...
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Remove item from Context Menu

I noticed extra options pop up in my context menus, I'm not sure how I managed to get it (or how long ago I installed this item), but does anyone know how I can remove it? Particularly the iconStiX ...
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What is CalNCService and why does it run hot in macOS Sierra?

Since the upgrade to macOS Sierra I occasionally see a service CalNCService running hot (i.e. on 100% CPU). So going from the name, this seems to be some Calendar Service. I tried disabling Calendars ...
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How to disable or remove the YaraScanService (MRT.app)?

Recently on MacOS 10.13.6 I have noticed high CPU usage and identified the process YaraScanService as consuming close to 90% CPU. The Activity Monitor lists it under: /System/Library/CoreServices/...
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AppleScript to massage URLs

I want to have a Services menu item that takes the selected text (a URL) and escapes the percent character and the # character: Replace % with \% Replace # with \string# I copied and edited an ...
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Files and Folders services do not appear

I'm running macOS Catalina 10.15.2. I enabled "Files and Folders" in Services under Shortcuts in the Keyboard tab and I enabled all services under Files and Folders. The services do not appear in ...
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Why does setting the hard-limit for maxfiles to “unlimited” using `launchctl limit` result in a hard-limit slightly above the soft-limit?

Why does setting the hard-limit for maxfiles to "unlimited" using launchctl limit result in a hard-limit slightly above the soft-limit? By setting the maxfiles limit using launchctl to launchctl ...
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Are apsd, ntpd, mDNSResponder, trustd, netbiosd necessary for macOS functioning?

I'm seeing 5 processes with network activity ( sending/receiving bytes ). I'm not sure whether these are normal occurrences? List of processes apsd ntpd mDNSResponder trustd netbiosd I researched a ...
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How can I disable Photos Agent on High Sierra (10.13.4)?

Looks like Photos Agent is running in the background. I'd like to dedicate this machine to file services and not run unnecessary processes. How can I disable "Photos Agent" at boot time. I'm hoping to ...
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Services menu polluted by apps from another installation

Reinstalled 10.15, signed into icloud, had previous 10.13 on another partition for a while. 10.15 is a clean install. The apps that provide those services haven't even been installed. ~/Library/...
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How to change the finder services submenu threshold?

In the finder context menu, there is a list of services at the very bottom. Once this list grows beyond 4, it becomes a submenu instead. Is there a way to affect this threshold, i. e. have five ...
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Automator script runs twice on Finder selected files

I'm writing a simple service to open a file in Emacs through selection in Finder. for f in $@ do open -a Emacs "$f" done If a file is selected in Finder (solid blue on the file after left click), ...
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AppleScript Calculator: Take selected text equation & calculate the result

I want to create a Service that is able to take the selected text, automatically perform the desired mathematical operation, and then paste the result directly after the selected text. This Service is ...
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“service” not showing up

I installed the GlobalProtect VPN on MacOS Darwin 18.7 I cannot remove it. It is attempting to start but does not succeed. It appears in the output of ps aux 518 5.6 0.3 6093596 112332 ?? S ...
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Cannot get httpd to listen on port 80

I installed httpd using brew. I edited /usr/local/etc/httpd/httpd.conf and changed: Listen 8080 to: Listen 80 Restarted the service: brew services restart httpd But Apache's still listening on ...
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Set Keystroke for Service from Terminal

I created some services to be used in Finder. Now I wanted to create some keystrokes to call these services. That would be easy in the System Settings, however, I would like to add them from the ...
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Starting multiple HomeBrew Services

I would like to run two different mongodb databases on my Mac. I installed mongodb with the HomeBrew manager. However I was unable to find a possibility to create new homebrew services. I already ...
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launchctl doesn't start cntlm daemon

I've installed cntlm on osx using the homebrew formula. Then I've copied the .plist file and started the daemon: sudo cp -fv /usr/local/opt/cntlm/*.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons sudo chown root /...
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Applescript service which utilises “on idle”?

I have been trying to run a script on a recurring basis via an apple service. Most answers I have seen have been are for 'stay-open' apps - whilst this possibly works as a solution and I have glanced ...
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launchd: Confusion on semantics of bootstrap and bootout etc. after reading manual pages

I've read the following manual pages on launchd: launchctl, launchd, and launchd.plist. However, nothing is really said in these manual pages regarding what the launchctl boostrap and launchctl ...
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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) which is trying to bypass firewalls

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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How to get nfsd to serve NFSv4 on High Sierra?

I'm hoping to serve an NFS mount from my High Sierra (10.13.4) server to a linux client. The linux client can mount using NFSv3 protocol, but I use ACLs on the served files and directories, so I think ...
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Where is the “Open URL” Service?

I created a service using Automator called "Open URL in Public Window". Its purpose is to never open a selected link in a private window (which will happen if the current front-most Safari window [...
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How to determine which keyboard shortcut combo is free to assign?

I've already spent much more time in finding a combination that works in every app (universal) than in creating the actual service. The shortcut triggers a service for increasing or decreasing the ...

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